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Rep. Adam Schiff: Congress Could Address NSA Reform After Passage of Cyber Legislation

CongressRep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) has said Congress will likely prioritize the passage of cybersecurity legislation before lawmakers tackle potential changes in the National Security Agency‘s mass surveillance authority, National Journal reported Sunday.

Dustin Volz writes Schiff told the publication last week that Congress has not yet initiated any high-level conversation regarding NSA reform.

“We’re going to have to acknowledge that those who don’t support any kind of cyber bill in advance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act reform are probably not going to be satisfied,” he said after his speech at a Third Way-hosted event, according to the report.

“Unless the information-sharing bill runs into unexpected roadblocks and gets pushed until after the summer, it’s likely that’s going to have to go first.”

The Senate Intelligence Committee passed a cybersecurity bill that would allow government-industry sharing of threats while providing liability protections for companies.

Schiff noted to National Journal that the House Intelligence Committee could introduce this week a cyber data-sharing measure that is somewhat similar to the Senate legislation.

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